training run #1387

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Saturday 9 December, 08:03

-1C, clear skies, chill wind. A 9 mile run on roughly half of the Exterminator course. Wrapped up well and started on Penny Lane. Blessed by a great sunrise.


Stunning view on the climb up from Penny Lane to Totley Trig

I’d taken a week off running due to a cough. It’s not completely gone but that didn’t trouble me on the run. Good to be doing hills again, need to build up fitness again as I’m recovered from the marathon now.

Felt right heel on and off, and it stiffened up afterwards.

Ran to Totley Trig, across and up through Blacka Moor to Piper House Gate, up and across Houndkirk Moor, down over Burbage Edge (carefully!), along to Fox House, and up to Moss Road, back via Horse’s Field to the start.

Lots of ice around, in places the whole width of the path or trail. Slipped and slid but didn’t fall, phew! The x-claw shoes were great for the snow though, and part-frozen peat/soil.

Up on Houndkirk there was a fog/low cloud obscuring the view of Hathersage Moor and Higger Tor.

Drank 250ml water and had 2 sweet jelly things and 1 gel.

Enjoyed this. With heavy snow forecast for tomorrow I hope it clears so I can come back and do the other half of the Exterminator route soon.

The strap is broken on my Tom Tom watch so while I source a replacement I wore Fitbit. That froze on the Settings screen when I wanted to set off. So these stats are from recording my run straight into Strava app.

Distance: 9.1 miles

Time: 1:52:44

Avg pace: 12:17 min/mile

Calories: 1381

Ascent: 1579ft

Trainers: inov8 x-claw 275

Postscript: The black toenail I got in the Exterminator race in September fell off in the shower today. And it looks like I’ve got another black toenail coming on the same toe on opposite foot. Must be something about this route!


training run #1385

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Friday 1 December, 07:04

2C, cold, clear skies. A 4 mile run. The paths were glittery, slippy with ice and frost so took it easy. No point risking injury. A north-easterly wind made it really cold in parts of the lap. Slight heel niggle.

Distance: 4.19 miles

Time: 37:49

Avg pace: 9:01 min/mile

Calories: 475

Trainers: Brooks Glycerin

training run #1219

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Sunday 29 January, 07:14

1C, cold and frosty. A 16 mile run. The rain from last night had frozen on the roads, paths were frosted and frozen too.  Nearly went base over apex three times at least.  Wrapped up, ate 3 gels and drank 500ml water. There was a brilliant sunrise as I approached Pebley, and by the time I was returning to RV the weather was turning grey.  I felt strong through most of the run and focused on maintaining good form.  Felt slight left knee niggle, so I might skip a run I’ve pencilled in for Monday unless its definitely 100%.

Distance:  25.88km

Time:  2:30:51

Avg HR:  137bpm (seems low)

Avg pace:  5:49 min/km

Calories:  1643

Brooks Ghost trainers #3

training run #1202

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Monday 2 January, 8:24

1C, cold, clear skies. A 5 mile run. There were icy puddles and slippery stretches of path today, and a biting-cold northerly wind. I just aimed to do a gentle pace, it was nice and straightforward with a glorious sunrise.

Distance:  8.17km

Time:  47:08

Avg HR:  145bpm

Avg pace:  5:46 min/km

Calories:  523

Brooks Ghost trainers #3

Wildlife:  1 squirrel 

training run #1056

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Tuesday 8 March, 06:20

-1C, cold, high cloud cover.  A 7 mile run.  Saw another spectacular red/orange sky as I entered Rother Valley.  Legs felt good and I ran by feel rather than checking Garmin.  Had a lot of bounce and light forefoot running, and it got better on the second lap.  Finished strong, great run.

Distance:  11.56km
Time:  1:04:46 🙂
Avg HR:  145bpm 🙂
Avg pace:  5:36 min/km 🙂
Calories:  839
Wildlife:  4 rabbits
Brooks Ghost trainers

training run #1055

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Monday 7 March, 06:25

-1C, cold, clear skies. A 7 mile run. Right heel was stiff for first 2km. Felt OK otherwise and enjoyed the cold crisp weather and golden sunrise. Iced over puddles and ice across the path in places. Lovely run.

Distance:  11.57km
Time:  1:06:56
Avg HR:  141bpm
Avg pace:  5:47 min/km
Calories:  788
Wildlife:  3 rabbits
Brooks Ghost trainers

training run #1048

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Thursday 25 February, 06:28

-1C, cold, clear skies.  Another 7 mile run. The marathon training schedule has been calling for an 8 mile run here and there, and intervals, but with new trainers, heel niggle easing gradually and the overall mileage stepping up I’ve played safe so far. Can insert a few intervals if my heel clears completely, and maybe throw in a midweek 8 miler next week. A straightforward run today, cold and crispy, lovely sunrise, only a few thoughts of work in my head.

Distance:  11.57km
Time:  1:08:53
Avg HR:  142bpm
Avg pace:  5:57 min/km
Calories:  791
Brooks Ghost trainers